If you've been hanging around here for any length of time you know that the Man and I are junque collectors. He went on a dig this last week and brought home some trinkety wonderfulness I'll share after my department has processed them, The Scrubbing and Evaluation Division of the Archival Museum. I was design pondering focals this last week and started layering bits from scrounges of days gone by, and thought to share a little of this madness. I soldered some bits to excavated antique furniture hardware. The solder darkened the rhinestones on the right, but after I studied it awhile, I decided I really like the effect. I suppose I was lucky they didn't explode.
These are the beginnings of necklaces or bracelets, okay so now moving on to the other two focals I finished and actually listed.
SOLD!, Thank you so much!
I am getting really fast and efficient with the torches, but still seriously lucky I didn't damage the cameo. What on earth was I thinking?
An absolutely gorgeous pearl set into chased silver-I soldered it into the center of this antique brass filigree buckle. Not so lucky, I singed the side of the pearl. Not a huge deal particularly in this genre of jewelry, and the tiny little singe almost makes you wonder where the pearl has been...I really don't know what I was thinking.
Moving along now....a sweet friend sent me some bullet casings from her target practice, (Thank you Mary dear!!) and I was wanting to play with them a bit. Sawed off bullet casings filled with resin and I must have been feeling a little something when I chose the sentiment....what was I thinking???
The truth is, I was working on these when the disaster hit Japan, and was so very overwhelmed with grief and feelings of helplessness. I wished and prayed for it all to